Let’s talk about an invisible little thing you’re probably wearing today. No one knows you’re wearing it, in fact, that’s kinda the idea. Out of guesses? I’m talking antiperspirants and deodorants.
Now deodorant, is really just a way to neutralize or coverup the lovely stink that occurs on a hot summer day or when you’re being called into your boss’s office. Antiperspirant is designed to mess with your normal bodily function and put a stop on your body’s natural cooling system. Except it’s not really sweat itself that stinks. It’s the bacteria on your skin breaking down causing all the commotion. So what do antiperspirants have that works the no-sweat magic? A combination of silicones, chemicals, and antibacterial agents. Antibacterials, like triclosan.
This controversial little ingredient was found in urine of 75% of the population. If that doesn’t make you grasp the concept of skin absorption, I don’t know what will. There are studies raising concerns on the possibility of triclosan throwing a wrench in our endocrine system, and potentially responsible for creating bacteria that is able to resist antibiotics. You can read up more on the FDA’s involvement here.
What else….. aluminum. It’s a neurotoxin. I think the compound word “neuro” and “toxin” says it all. This source cites that aluminum has been found in blood samples 15 days after one application, and potentially linked to Alzheimer’s. Do the math on that one.
And let’s throw one more in here…. butylated hydroxytoluene, better known as BHT. Said to be linked to cancer.
Personally, I’m not a fan of either antiperspirants or deodorants, but then again, I tend to run cold and skipping the stuff doesn’t seem to make a difference for me. For those of you who feel like you have no choice or risk walking around with unattractive armpit stains, seriously consider picking up a natural product. You know, one that isn’t going to run in your bloodstream, be absorbed by your brain, or cause you tumors. My pick….. cruelty free, recyclable, no artificial ingredients Tom’s of Maine. And your buck makes and extra bang with 10% of profits going to human and environmental causes.